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Study Tour

Study Tour, 29 -31 July 2022 (departure on morning of 1 August), based at Lancaster University.

(The congress study tour is only open to those who have already had a paper or poster proposal accepted for the main congress. If eligible, you will be contacted about the detailed itinerary, how to book, costings and bursaries, via the 19th viking congress email).

The Post-Congress Study Tour is a traditional feature of the Viking Congress, taking place just after the main programme ends. The tour will be based at Lancaster University, offering an in-depth exploration of the picturesque landscapes and renowned Viking-Age remains of Cumbria and Lancashire. The itinerary not only encompasses famous monuments such as the Gosforth Cross, it also offers opportunities to see sites that are less well-known or accessible, as well as the maritime and mountainous landscape of north-west England.

On account of university Covid guidelines at the time of writing, we have opted for more spacious coaches than previously envisaged. This will allow for social distancing, but has also led to a revision of the schedule. The tour will now start on the afternoon of 29th July (when the coaches depart from Liverpool), with two full days on 30th and 31st July, and then departure on 1st August (3 nights at Lancaster University in total). The tour offers an opportunity to see a significant number of Viking-Age sites, and a wide geographical area of north-west England, in a short space of time. It will involve a considerable amount of walking and long days away from the campus.

We are pleased to acknowledge the generosity of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society in offering five full student bursaries for the tour from their Clare Fell fund. Two of the bursaries will support student helpers; the other three will be offered on a competitive basis. The application process will be open to all student delegates who are presenting a paper or poster at the Congress. For more information, please see the 19th Viking Congress email to congress delegates.